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Travel Guide: Farm Stays near Sydney

Duckmaloi Farm, Blue Mountains
Duckmaloi Farm, Blue Mountains

Looking for an amazing farm stay near Sydney? Farm stays are the perfect family getaway, offering a memorable ‘country’ experience for kids with plenty of hands-on fun for the whole family. Here’s your guide to all the farm stays near Sydney (within a 3 hour drive). There’s 48 to choose from!

If you’ve never taken your kids on a ‘Farm Stay’ holiday… it’s time to add it to the Travel Bucket List! It’s the ultimate relaxing getaway for the whole family.

Farmstays offer plenty of hands-on experience to keep the kids occupied (interacting with animals, collecting eggs, tractor rides & bush walks), and plenty of downtime for the parents to enjoy. If you’re looking for a fabulous farm stay experience to make a road trip of it, we’ve created the ultimate list of Farm Stays near Sydney.

Take a look at these beautiful featured Farm Stay properties:

Or if you have a particular region in mind, we’ve grouped lots of amazing farm stays by area to make it even easier for you to plan your next mini break…

    Blue Mountains Farm Stays

    The Blue Mountains are just a 90 minute drive from the North Shore, making it the perfect destination for a farm stay near Sydney if you don’t want to spend too much time in the car! Here are some of the most recommended farm stays in the Blue Mountains from local mums.

    Bilpin Country Lodge

    Looking for a large house that can fit several families? Bilpin Country Lodge is your own private country house with spa, farm animals, campfire, yabby pond, canoes, swimming, games room with table tennis, trampoline & basketball. It can sleep up to 20 people!

    Your whole family will love the farm stay experience at Bilpin Country Lodge. Set on 10 acres of gardens, farm & bush, this lodge is close enough to Sydney get there on a Friday after work and still have time for a relaxed BBQ dinner.

    At the lodge, they have Charlie Brown the Shetland pony, Fudge & Spock their two pet goats, Denton the Alpaca and lots of chickens giving fresh eggs every day. Nearby there are paddocks of grazing sheep and cows, orchards full of fruit (open for picking at the right times of the year), horse riding and much more. Enjoy canoeing, bushwalks, swimming, catching yabbies, running around with your dog (yes, we’re pet friendly!) …or just kick back and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

    But if you’re looking for even more activities to do, close-by in Bilpin there’s fruit picking, apple cider cellar doors with great food & apple pies, cafes/restaurants to choose from. And nearby is the Zig Zag railway, Botanic Gardens at Mt Tomah & Katoomba Scenic Skyway & Railway.

        Duckmaloi Farmstay

        Offer: Discounts available for stays of 4 nights or more.

        Duckmaloi Farm

        Duckmaloi Farm

        Duckmaloi Farm offers a unique Farm Stay experience in spectacular countryside in the Blue Mountains and Oberon plateau area! Set upon 100 acres, Duckmaloi Farm features two 2-bedroom cottages and one 3-bedroom cottage. These cottages are spaced well apart, ensuring privacy and relaxation! The cottages are ideal for families.

        Guests are welcome to explore the farm, feed the animals, take a bush walk to trout river & reserve and use the tennis court and playground. You’ll find cows, calves, miniature Irish donkey, ponies, alpacas, sheep, goats and a beautiful deer. You’ll also meet ducks, turkeys, peacocks and chickens in the bird enclosure.

        There’s plenty to do in the area… visit the world-famous Jenolan Caves, Kanangra-Boyd National Park or visit Bathurst & Lithgow for a range of interesting attractions & villages.

        • Address: 54 Karawina Dr, Duckmaloi NSW 2787
        • Location: Blue Mountains (15 minutes on the Sydney-side of Oberon)
        • Getting There: Approx. 2.5 hours drive from Gordon
        • Phone: 0435 931 249 (Peter)
        • Email: [email protected]
        • Website | Facebook | Instagram

          Eden Equine

          Greendale Farm Stay

          Little Willow Farm Stay

          Madison’s Mountain Retreat

          Secret Valley Escape

          High Country Trail Rides and Farm Stay

          Central Coast Farm Stays

          The Central Coast is also super close to the North Shore – for some people living on upper North Shore, you can get there in under an hour! Here are some of the most recommended farm stays around the Central Coast, just north of Sydney.

          Karinya Farmstay

          Offer: Book a 2 night stay for February or March 2024 and receive a complimentary 3rd night. T&C’s apply.

          Karinya Farmstay

          Karinya Farmstay

          Karinya Farmstay is a place to connect. To connect with nature and connect with each other. Come and create lasting memories with your family and friends. Get up close and personal to our beautiful farm animals and be part of the daily animal feeding.

          Karinya Farmstay holiday accommodation is situated on 7 picturesque acres, looking out over hundreds of acres with never ending views of green rolling vistas, grazing livestock and tree studded mountains. It’s perfect for family stays and girls getaways, sleeping up to 16 people.

          You’ll enjoy:

          • Private use of the main house including heated swimming pool (30 degrees)
          • Children’s playground including swings, rock wall, slippery dip and cubby house
          • Interactive animal feeding hour every afternoon. Hand feed alpacas, horses, sheep, cows, goats and rabbit
          • Daily gourmet breakfast hampers
          • Collect farm fresh eggs from the chicken coop daily
          • Outdoor cinema experience with popcorn & choc top icecreams
          • Toast marshmallows on open outdoor fire (includes fire wood, kindling, fire starters and marshmallows)
          • Outdoor pizza oven (firewood included)
          • Gas BBQ area
          • Dam walks and more

          Located in Central Coast hinterland, the Dooralong Valley is just an hour drive from the North Shore, 50 mins to the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, 30 mins to the most beautiful beaches, or 15 mins to Westfield Tuggerah. Karinya Farmstay is perfectly located to either relax your days away or enjoy a day trip to any of these amazing destinations.

          Watch the mist rising up over the mountains and down into the Valley. Gaze over hundreds of acres and let the stillness of country life wash over you as you relax and recharge here at Karinya.

          Yarramalong Valley Horse Farmstay & Forest Hill Stud

          Offer: Mid-week accommodation discounts.

          Described as the “best kept secret”, a “goldmine”, “the hidden gem of the Central Coast” and “ the BEST farm tours”, Yarramalong Valley Horse Farmstay is a stunning, picturesque, animal wonderland, situated on 55 acres in the Yarramalong Valley. It is the home of Forest Hill Stud, one of Australia’s leading Arabian Horse Studs for the last 50 years with 45 beautiful purebred Arabian horses currently on stud. The family-run farm is also home to Miniature Horses, Miniature Goats, Alpacas, Sheep, Mini Lop Bunnies, Guinea Pigs, Silkie Chickens and wildlife including Wombats, Platypus, Echidnas.

          The farm has three, pet-friendly, farm-stay accommodation options, all of which have hundreds of 5-star reviews. View the houses and book via airbnb.

          They also run daily 1.5-hour farm tours where guests can interact and feed all the animals from the mini Jeep & quad bikes whilst also looking for wombat holes. This can be booked through Eventbrite. They also host events, weddings, kids’ birthday parties & school excursions.

          Yarramalong Valley Horse Farmstay has its own private rainforest with 2km of river frontage which is home to platypus, wombats, echidnas, foxes and protected birdlife. The farm is conveniently located only 5 minutes from Tuggerah Westfield and Wyong/Tuggerah train stations. It is a few minutes drive to a plethora of restaurants and 25 minutes to beautiful beaches. The farm is 550 metres from Ourimbah State Forest known for mountain biking, trekking and Tree Tops and 950 metres from Amazement Farm. They are also an hour from the Hunter Valley Vineyards. 

          The accommodation and farm tour is disability friendly. They offer respite care for those with special needs who are on the NDIS. Special needs participants LOVE the farm and being around nature and all the cute animals.

          Mollies Farm

          Kulnura Cottages Farm Stay

          Amazement Farm

          South Coast Farm Stays

          Head to the South Coast of NSW to visit one of these beautiful farm stays near Sydney, and enjoy the country life with a sea breeze!

          Shoalhaven Beautiful Country Home and Farmstay

          Offer: Book direct and save 15%! Call Luanne on 0410 557 117.

          Shoalhaven Beautiful Country Home and Farmstay is a beautiful 5-bedroom holiday property in the heart of the Shoalhaven that can accommodate up to 19 people, and has everything you would want or need to keep the whole family entertained.

          The house has two outdoor entertaining areas with pizza ovens, BBQ, TV, fans and the 2.5-acre property includes a full size tennis court, basketball hoop, hammock, heated pool with pool, entertaining deck, jacuzzi, 2-level theatre room, fire pit, kids play gym with sand pit, trampoline, dart board and farm animals (alpacas, goats, sheep, peacocks, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and rabbit).

          You can collect the eggs or pick your own fruit and veggies, play a game of tennis or relax on the hammock or in the pool. There’s plenty of lovely places to visit in the surrounding area, such as Shoalhaven Zoo and Treetops Adventure Park (19 mins, 13km), Berry (28 mins, 25km), Hyams Beach (30 mins, 31km), Shoalhaven Heads (28 mins, 24km) , Gerroa/Gerringong (35 mins, 35km).

          • Address: 52C Bennett Place, Worrigee
          • Location: Shoalhaven
          • Getting There: 2.5-3 hour drive from Sydney’s North Shore
          • Phone: 0410 557 117 (Luanne)
          • Website

          Lyrebird Kangaroo Valley

          Towrang Farmstay

          Jamberoo Valley Farm Stay

          The Woods Farm

          Banksia Park Cottages

          Minimbah Farm Cottages

          Jervis Bay Farm Stay

          Southern Highlands Farm Stays

          Choose a Farm Stay in the Southern Highlands if you want to enjoy picture perfect villages set amongst green rolling hills and forest reserves. The Southern Highlands is around 1.5-2 hours drive from Sydney.

          Morvern Valley Farm Cottages

          Morvern Valley Farm Stay

          Morvern Valley Farm Stay

          Morvern Valley Farm Stay offers self-contained cottages with Farm Animal Experiences just 90 minutes from Sydney in the Southern Highlands of NSW. The widest range of Farm animals of any Farm Stay in NSW, you will find horses, alpacas, sheep, chickens, cows, donkeys, rabbits, miniature horses, ponies, geese, ducks, goats and more.

          Each cottage has its own private chicken pen to collect eggs every morning, parking area, BBQ and house yard. ‘Step into a different lifestyle’ – it’s just like a return to Grandma’s Farm. The cottages are boutique styled with doilies, muslin nets and antiques. Each cottage is completely private to your family – 3 bedrooms for up to 8 people. Large groups can have up to 24 stay! Toast marshmallows by the fireplace while planning tomorrow’s adventures!

          You can enjoy tractor rides, and up-close & personal experiences with Fudge the mini horse! Perfect for making family memories. Bundanoon has plenty of Restaurants and Cafes in walking distance.

          We’ve stayed there and loved it! Read our review.

          • Address: 1 Grey Gum Lane, Bundanoon NSW 2578
          • Location: Bundanoon, Southern Highlands (20 mins from Bowral)
          • Getting There: 2 hour drive from Sydney’s North Shore
          • Phone: 0428 040 250
          • Email: [email protected]
          • Website | Facebook

          The Heavens Mountain Escape

          Drawing Rooms

          Willow Farm

            The Lodge Farmstay

            Shed 85

            • Address: 85 Meryla Rd, Moss Vale NSW 2577
            • shed85.com

            Fairway Farm 

              Hunter Valley Farm Stays

              If you want to enjoy the country whilst also popping into a few vineyards, a farm stay in the Hunter Valley will appeal to the whole family! The drive should take you under two hours (depending on where you live on the North Shore), making a farm stay in the Hunter Valley a great option.

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              Barrington Riverside Cottages

              Belford Block Eight

              Starline Alpacas

              Dusodie Holiday Farm

              Ashmar Farmstay

              Little Valley Farm

              Riverflats Estate

              Riverwood Downs

              Wollombi Brook

              Macarthur Region Farm Stays

              There are a couple of farm stays in Picton, which is just on the edge of Sydney. These are a short drive from the North Shore! Picton is a small town in the Macarthur Region of NSW in south-western Sydney. The town is located 80 kilometres south-west of Sydney, close to Camden and Campbelltown.

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              Mowbray Park Farmstay

              Mowbray Park Farmstay

              The Cottage Picton

              North Coast Farm Stays

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              Kookaburra Cottage Farmstay

              Ocean & Earth Farmstay

              Central Tablelands Farm Stays

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              Turon Gates

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              Central West Farm Stays

              Nottingham Farm, Orange

              Nottingham Farm, Orange

              Nottingham Farm, Orange

              Nestled on 100 acres of rolling countryside, just a short 15-minute drive from Orange in the heart of the Central West of NSW, Nottingham Farm is the perfect retreat for those seeking a memorable experience.

              Modern rural accommodation, surrounded by breathtaking views of the district, offers a serene escape for couples, families and friends alike.

              As you explore the wonders of Orange, a beautiful and thriving town celebrated for its great food, wine and shopping, you’ll find Nottingham Farm to be your haven for ultimate relaxation.

              The livestock at Nottingham Farm are friendly and love nothing more than a treat of apples, oranges or carrots from guests. Hand feed Jed and Liam, their Highland Steers, or Tilly and Pebbles their two horses and don’t forget our Speckle Park herd who also love attention. Meander through the property and revel in exceptional sunrises and sunsets.

              Enjoy the pleasure of preparing delicious meals in a well-appointed kitchen. Discover the simple joys of county living in every moment. Gather around the outdoor fire pit with some cool-climate wine and a cheese board, get lost in the view and feel yourself relax.

              Nottingham Farm is approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney and 15 minutes from the Orange CBD. Orange is a beautiful, historic town that is known for its cool climate wine, beautiful food and shopping. Nottingham Farm provides a complete country getaway that also offers the excitement of a thriving country town.

              • Address: Nottingham Farm, Belgravia
              • Location: 15 minutes from Orange CBD
              • Getting There: 3.5 hour drive from Sydney’s North Shore
              • Phone: 0421 661 222
              • Email: [email protected]
              • Website


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